November Moth - Epirrita dilutata

    Description

    Wingspan 38-44 mm. Three of the members of the genus Epirrita, (November Moth, E. dilutata, Autumnal Moth, E. Autumnata, and Pale November Moth, E. chrystyi), can be very difficult to separate on markings alone, especially as some show marked melanism. This species appears to be the most widespread and common, however.

    Habitat

    Wide range of habitats.

    When to see it

    The adults fly from late September to November.

    Life History

    The larvae feed in late spring on a variety of trees and shrubs.

    UK Status

    Occurring commonly over most of Britain. In a recent survey to determine the status of all macro moths in Britain this species was classified as common.

    VC55 Status

    As an aggregate group the November Moths are common in our area but records confirmed by genitalia examination are few, hence its scarce recorded status in VC55. L&R Moth Group status = C (very scarce resident or rare migrant, but genitalia examination needed for secure identification)

    Reference
    70.107 BF1795

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map